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From Street Construction To Street Art, Two New Art Installations Call The Short North Home

They say art is subjective, which is probably why I’ve never thought of turning dreaded orange construction barrels into art installations.

Luckily, Columbus College of Art & Design Assistant Prof. Carol Boram-Hays has more artistic vision than myself. Boram-Hays was commissioned to create two pop-up installations out of construction materials for ShortPop, a new temporary sculpture program by the Short North Alliance.

Erosion by Carol Boram-Hays

One sculpture, called Erosion, features four mounds of stacked orange barrels at the corner of North High and West Goodale streets. The other sculpture, called Cascades, is a waterfall of around 80 traffic cones near Skully’s Music-Diner on High Street.

“I am very pleased to have this opportunity to work with the Short North Alliance,” Boram-Hays says. “It has been an exciting challenge to work with new materials and explore the opportunities they present to reflect on the rapid changes going on in the Short North.”

Material for the sculptures was donated by The Paul Peterson Company and they project is supported by the Ohio Arts Council, Greater Columbus Arts Council, and Columbia Gas of Ohio. The sculptures will remain on view through October 31 during the High Street Streetscape Improvements Project.

Cascades by Carol Boram-Hays

“Carol is just a gifted artist,” says Betsy Pandora, Executive Director of the Short North Alliance. “We are thrilled to host her work on and off of High Street throughout the Short North Arts District for ShortPop, a new program that infuses temporary sculptures into public spaces. In addition to creating sophisticated artworks out of very unsophisticated materials, Carol’s profound expertise has enabled us to imagine ways that ShortPop could continue beyond the construction year.”

To learn more about the ShortPop sculpture series, visit www.shortnorth.org/shortpop.

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